Eternal flame - variation 39
Eternal flame - variation 39
Eternal flame - variation 199
Eternal flame - variation 199
Eternal flame - variation 331
Eternal flame - variation 331
This mixed media canvas depicts the sunset at the entrance to the abandoned Belgian State Administrative City. At the centre, guarded by bronze lions, there's an eternal flame over the tomb of an unknown soldier, resting at the feet of a column commemorating the first legislative assembly of Belgium, responsible to draw up the Belgian Constitution. Deserted for over twenty years, its walls bear the work of urban artists. The composition brings forth two of these paintings, facing each other on opposite walls, to the left and right side of the canvas, expanding the scene to make them interact. In one side,, two men in cold blue colours gaze with binoculars at the opposite side, where a fox falls from the sky with a flaming tale, bathed in the gold colours of the last sun light.
This image is issued from an unreleased sequence in PAGES of ALBUM, a groundbreaking exploration of narrative cinema and its hybridization with plastic arts, motion design and literature. The sequence featured and expanded the poem Skin Haul from Jorge Díaz Martínez. "I am sad, Sara./ It's not worth telling you again,/ to speak of my false steps/ towards the night/ (...) / Waking up, the memories are itching./ Your love turns me inside out."
The scene recreates a recurring device in classic Spanish literature, the psychological projection of the landscape. The location enhances the feeling of decay of the main character, the Poet. He will wander alone on the site, contemplating Brussels' skyline and indulging in nostalgia, before falling prey to the night and its self-destructing rituals.